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  1. #1066052016-09-02 00:12:37 *EvoRulz said:

    Derision


    noun

    contemptuous ridicule or mockery.

    "my stories were greeted with derision and disbelief"

    ~

    Decameron


    noun

    a period of ten days [measure used in japan] (according to most kanji programs I've been learning with :|)

    ~

    Superfluous


    adjective

    unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.

    "the purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information"

    ~

    Kudzu


    noun

    a quick-growing East Asian climbing plant with reddish-purple flowers, used as a fodder crop and for erosion control.

  2. #1066492016-09-03 13:13:20EvoRulz said:

    cobber isn't a thing, In the nude/ "nudie rudie" is childish, never heard of butchers, it's nick off not get nicked, bull dust just means bullshit or lies, fuck all i've never heard, it's relos not rellies wtf, a quid? wrong country mate, omg hoo-roo is so bogan xD havent heard that for a very long time.

    @Lieutenant

  3. #1081442016-11-22 17:27:45 *Farris said:

    From Museum Basics 3rd. edition - Timothy Ambrose and Crispin Paine

    Box 38.2 What to say and how to say it?


    Labelling objects

    Writing labels is an art. The label should include all relevant details, but not be too long; it should avoid vague or inexact statements, but give some indication of why the object is worthy of being displayed in the museum. Information should be verified before it is included on a label.

    Examples of what not to include in writing a label about a sewing machine:

    • Sewing Machine. Believed to be a hundred years old.

      A hundred years old - when? It is possible to date many historical items accurately; reference books including trade catalogues can be used.

    • Sewing Machine. Such machines were widely used in the early days.

      The 'explanation' really adds nothing to our knowledge of the object.

    • Sewing Machine. This machine is unusual because it was made in America.

      This lable would be inadequate unless it describes the only American-made machine in a collection of English-made machines. Even then information about the nature of the difference would be required.

    • Sewing Machine. Donated by the late Mrs Jane Smith.

      In 50 years' time, most of your donors will be 'late'!

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